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Top 10 Bathroom Books

Admit It: You Read In The Bathroom


Updated November 30, 2013

If you're reading this, you probably spend a fair amount of time staring at the walls in the smallest room in the house. I also bet that, even though you might not want to admit it in polite company, you often bring a book or magazine with you. Here are my top pics for the best bathroom reading. By the way...you might want to pass on buying any of these books used.

1. Uncle John's Bathroom Reader

Uncle John's Bathroom Reader
Photo © St. Martin's Griffin
Uncle John and his Bathroom Bathroom Readers' Institute have published several volumes of their popular "Bathroom Readers." The book that started it all contains short stories, jokes, urban legends, quotes and trivia.
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2. The Great American Bathroom Book

Great American Bathroom Book
Photo © Scarab Book Ltd
Seeing as how you already spend lots of time reading in the bathroom, you may want to be considered "well read." This book is the way to get there fast by summarizing great books in just a few pages. Some of the books covered include "Lord of the Flies," "Don Quixote," and "The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People."
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3. The Ladies' Room Reader

The Ladies' Room Reader
Photo © Red Wheel/Weiser
Sorry guys, this one is for the ladies. Everything you need to know about womanhood -- summarized into 300 pages of trivia. Actually, maybe this one should really be requird reading for the guys!
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4. The Totally Awesome 80s TV Trivia Book

The Totally Awesome 80s TV Trivia Book
Photo © iUniverse, Inc
This book has proven to me that I did watch too much television in the 80s. I could answer most of the questions (always enjoyable in a trivia book), but every so often there's a ringer that I'd never know. Case in point, the name of Roscoe P. Coltrane's dog on Dukes of Hazzard. I have no idea, though I watched the show every Friday with the entire family.
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5. Ever Wonder Why?

Ever Wonder Why?
Photo © Fawcett Books
This is another book which is organized into bite-sized trivia just right for short reading sessions. Get the answers to the serious questions in life such as why we nod our heads up and down for yes and why chefs wear those tall white hats.
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6. Isaac Asimov's Book of Facts

Isaac Asimov's Book of Facts
Photo © Gramercy Books
That's right -- Isaac Asimov himself has taken a turn at the pop culture phenomenon of trivia. This trivia book doesn't just cover science (even though it does devote 8 pages on the solar system) but also history, art, and medicine.
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7. Uncle John's Fully Loaded 25th Anniversary Bathroom Reader

Uncle John's Fully Loaded 25th Anniversary
Image © PriceGrabber
This is it -- the very latest book from Uncle John. It's hard to believe that it's been 25 years since this series of informative books for the bath hit the stores. This book is a scattershot of many different interesting topics, from Law & Order to Stage & Screen.
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8. Dumb, Dumber, Dumbest: True News of the World's Least Competent People

Dumb, Dumber, Dumbest: True News of the World's Least Competent People
Photo © Plume
Have you ever heard the phrase "truth is stranger than fiction?" You may believe that's true after reading about the guy with four wives in two states, the man who accidentally shot himself while spitting, and the hypnotist who tried to foil two robbers with his "power."
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9. Dave Barry's Greatest Hits

Dave Barry's Greatest Hits
Photo © Ballantine Books
Dave Barry has written numerous essays with his own brand of irreverant humor, and this is a collection of his best. His essays are typically 3 or 4 pages -- just perfect for one "sitting."
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10. Do Dead People Watch You Shower?

Do Dead People Watch You Shower?
Photo © PriceGrabber
This book is written by a medium who says she has been talking to spirits since she was a girl. She doesn't delve into deep spiritual questions in this book, but rather answers some surface level queries about such things as to whether the dead go to baseball games or not. It's a quick read, and heartwarming, whether you believe her claims about her communicating with the spirit or not.
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